The NYT's Style Section has uncovered a trend: those little dogs are EVERYWHERE! Nice detective work guys. Anyway, the premise is that all those little, yippy dogs are just accessories:
"Flaunted as fashion statements, pint-sized canines are, to some minds, the fur-bearing equivalent of a pair of Louboutin pumps or other accessory. “I think of them as a handbag with a heartbeat,” said Robin Bowden, a vice president of Prudential Douglas Elliman, a real estate company in Manhattan. Ms. Bowden’s office on West 17th Street is a kind of home-away-from-home to a clutch of lavishly outfitted lap dogs belonging to various employees. “They have little beds and they scamper up and down,” she said. “I’ve seen brokers showing expensive SoHo lofts, turning up with these tiny puppy dogs in their designer bags.” "
It just seems so wrong. A "hangbag with a heartbeat"? A dog isn't an accessory, it is a friend.
But then again, when I get a puppy, I will plan on having him for a long, long time... Not just until the next best accessory comes along.